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Massachusetts hits lowest virus average positive test rate since September 23rd, hospitalizations increase



Massachusetts saw a decrease in active cases and average positive test rate in Wednesday’s COVID-19 report.

Massachusetts saw 382 more positive cases announced today, an increase from Tuesday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate decreased slightly from 0.93% to 0.86%. Today’s percentage was the lowest since September 23rd.

Massachusetts had seen 195 more positive cases announced yesterday which was the lowest since September.

Courtesy of MDPH

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show an increase in total confirmed cases to 660,298 with 7 new deaths (7 confirmed, 0 probable) for a total of 17,841 (17,482 confirmed, 359 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 22,780,412 after 54,978 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths decreased from 6.1 to 5.0. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a decrease by 600+ to 8,416. In the last 35 days, active cases have decreased by over 25,800.

Hospitalizations have increased in 94 of the last 199 days and saw an increase of 16 to raise the total to 264. Hospitalizations have decreased in 30 of the last 36 days after a period of mainly increases. There were 2,428 in the Bay State on January 4th. Yesterday’s total of 248 active hospitalizations was the lowest since September 27th.

Nursing home cases and cluster information issued on May 20th.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the May 20th report, Fall River has a 15.8 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (19.7 last week). New Bedford, who has the highest rate in Bristol County, saw a decrease to 21.9 (was 29.1). Westport saw a decrease to 6.0 (was 11.1), Swansea is at 14.3, a decrease, and was 14.8 last week. Somerset saw a decrease as they sit at 12.7 (was 14.3). Freetown stands at 7.9, a decrease from 9.5. Dartmouth is currently at 4.4, a decrease from last week’s 13.3. Acushnet decreased to 19.1 (was 24.6). Berkley is at 9.4 and was 10.5 last week.

2 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is down from 6 last week. 13 were in the red the week before. Lawrence and New Bedford.

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on May 20th.


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